The Pasco County Commission passed a resolution at its March 10 meeting recognizing Schikedanz Bros.-Hammock Pines Ltd., for its donation of 3.8 acres for a fire station to improve fire rescue services in East Pasco County.
Scott Cassin, fire chief for Pasco County Fire Rescue, expressed appreciation for the gift.
The site is just east of Fox Ridge Boulevard, on the south side of State Road 54, in Wesley Chapel.
Construction is tentatively set for 2023, and when it opens it will be known as Station 4.
The station will enhance services to Watergrass, Meadow Pointe and Zephyrhills, Cassin said.
“This is a great location, it’s going to serve so many people,” the fire chief added, noting that the station will be constructed using funding provided through general obligation bonds approved by county voters.
Gunther Flaig, who spoke on behalf of the land donor, said, “As a father of a current EMS student, trying to become an EMS worker, I know a little bit about the difficulty that you’re facing.”
He said the company was happy to “do a little bit” for the county.
Commissioner Kathryn Starkey also expressed gratitude for the donation, noting that she and Flaig have been friends for a long time.
Commission Chairman Mike Moore said, “We very much appreciate your donation.”
As the county continues to grow, Moore said, so will its need for more fire stations.
Published March 18, 2020